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Associate Director / Director, Debt Advisory

Alvarez & Marsal
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
May 10, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

Company Overview

Alvarez & Marsal ("A&M") is a global consulting firm with more than $2+ billion in revenues, c.9000+ staff and over 80 offices world-wide. Our Middle East practice is well established and one of the fastest growing advisory businesses in the region. At A&M, we believe in the power of diverse teaming to solve complex problems, create value and drive change for our clients. We are differentiated as a firm by our professionals' unique, varied backgrounds that allow us to serve our clients across the globe with both a practical and innovative approach.

A&M Debt Advisory supports Private Equity and Corporate clients through the economic cycle, providing high value-add advice on debt raising, capital structure optimisation and navigating challenging situations. Our deep relationships across the lender community enable clients to access a broad range of liquidity pools.

A&M Culture

A&M is a fast-paced environment with a highly dynamic culture which emphasizes diversity and inclusion. We empower, coach and mentor future leaders and endorse meritocracy to develop skilled consultants who deliver tangible results and build long-lasting relationships. Our entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who positively impact our clients and shape our industry.

The collaborative, supportive environment, and engaging work-guided by A&M's core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity-are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means just that-we embrace diversity and foster inclusiveness. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

The Team

Our team includes highly respected ex-bankers and advisors with many years of expertise across the credit spectrum, working both with experienced borrowers and those approaching the debt markets for the first time. Members of the team have worked on transactions across all different types of borrowing instruments in both the private and public capital markets. Advice extends from optimising capital structures and reviewing financing options through to planning and execution including identifying potential lenders and investors, presenting the credit story and negotiating optimal terms for clients.

The Role

As a result of our growth, our Middle East team is expanding, and we are looking for talented and ambitious individuals at an Associate Director and Director level with an advisory or banking background to join our growing team.

Typical projects will include:
  • Supporting Sovereign wealth funds, Private Equity, Family offices and corporate clients in funding acquisitions, refinancings and recapitalisations;
  • Reviewing refinancing options to support growth strategies;
  • Advising on optimal capital structures;
  • Providing assistance on refinancing and restructuring existing debt facilities;
  • Assisting borrowers to manage their lenders in stressed situations, and
  • Carrying out financial modelling, including analysing business forecasts, scenario analysis and covenant sensitivities.
The Requirements

We would expect the successful candidate to bring:
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in the Middle East debt markets from a role in debt advisory, leveraged finance or corporate lending;
  • A high-grade bachelor's degree (or equivalent/higher) from an accredited top-tier university in accounting, finance, business, or a similar discipline;
  • A strong numerate skill set and experience in key relevant skill areas (e.g. credit analysis and financial modelling);
  • A keen desire to learn and develop in a meritocratic environment;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and confidence to drive various workstreams on projects;
  • Experience with additional data analytics tools (e.g. Alteryx, Tableau, Power BI) is an advantage;
  • Well-developed communication skills and the ability to work with diverse and complex stakeholder groups; and
  • Fluent business level English is essential. Additional language skills including Arabic are advantageous.
In addition to the skills and qualities detailed above, the desired candidate will also demonstrate the following attributes.
  • Capacity to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong facilitation skills, forging consensus around credible, executable solutions;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, impactful presenter;
  • Unbiased, fact-based approach to problem solving; and
  • Guided by values and integrity, talks straight, builds confidence and shows by example.

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